That’s your conscience telling you to have enough humility to listen to the Holy Spirit; it is relating to you on an emotional and spiritual level; using your discomfort, fear, anxiety and pain, basically, your life experience as a messenger, counsellor and wise teacher. God is trying to disclose a very important message, warning, piece of advice to you: Trust this gut feeling and act right now. What you sense, think, and believe is in fact true, or mostly true: YOU NEED TO TRUST YOURSELF; YOU NEED TO TRUST ME.
Humility is a complex state of affairs where being “humbled” or brought down to earth is illustrated often dramatically, through our own free will and independent thinking, and thus, when we choose not to listen to God’s inner voice; when God permits us to be stubborn so that hardship makes a swift and conspicuous cameo in order to slap us back into place, to give us something to chew on and learn; when God shows tough love and pushes or launches us back into the right direction via the avenue of hard knocks and emotional scars.
The Learning Curve And The Upside
In my case, not listening to the voice, that nagging sense of urgency to speak my mind and blow the whistle on poor leadership and management, led to a rather bad emotional breakdown and a few job changes.
On the upside, I came away from the situation after seeking professional help and investing in lots of Jesus time, meditation and after likewise receiving support and advice from family, close friends and my pastor, a much wiser man with an ever deepened appreciation for godly humility.
1 Corinthians 16: 13-14 encourages and advocates, “Be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.” I believe that the exhortation “let all that you do be done in love” equally applies to God’s desire for us to love ourselves as His chosen and blessed children and goes hand in hand with formulating and maintaining a fearless sense of self-respect and dignity; for guarding our spiritual and emotional wellness at all costs.
That said, it is with this same sense of fearless regard and honour for our minds, hearts, and souls that the following plan was written. It was penned the eve before beginning a new job (my current one; all is well thus far; thanks for asking) and after having recovered from my bout with anxiety and depression.
Bulletproof And Empowered, A Fearless Guide For Self-Care At Work
1. Communicate fearlessly- speak truthfully and practically: Say what you mean and mean what you say, but always be positive or as positive as possible and practice constructive criticism and affirmative reinforcement. Use concrete examples and facts to communicate your points; do not assume; corroborate your points reasonably by being empirical, not speculative.
2. Trust yourself: Trust your intuition and experience. If it does not feel right, be fearless in trusting your gut, conscience, and the inner voice of God and His guidance.
3. Ask for help when you have reached the point of cup overflow: It is not a sign of weakness unless you are not trying hard enough or you are scared to try and make mistakes. If people have a problem with that, that reflects them-not you. Again, be bold when trusting yourself; you know what you can handle and what you cannot.
4. When you feel overworked or exerted: when you feel like you are about to be taken in by a tide of stress, anxiety, panic, or fear: Take a breather; pray or do breathing exercises; take a walk; read the bible or listen to something inspiring; counter negative emotions and thoughts with Godly, life-giving and uplifting words and ideas.
5. Drink water and take breaks: Your body and brain cannot work 8 hours straight or do overtime without any downtime. Water helps keep you hydrated. Dehydration leads to grogginess and feeling cranky and unfocused. Help yourself by keeping the juices flowing with something as natural as water and spurts of rest.
6. Believe in yourself: No matter what. Everyone has an opinion; their views are not final and absolute. Yours, your self-evaluation is primary and most impactful. Put your trust in God and the gifts He has given you. You are powerful and able. Be audacious in cultivating self-confidence. You’ve got this!
This article is an adaptation of the original article that was first made available via www.patheos.com in 10/19.